Rare pink grasshopper spotted in Belfast Hills reserve
A rare bright pink grasshopper has been spotted at a nature reserve in the Belfast Hills.
The insect was discovered at Slievenacloy near west Belfast on Saturday by an Ulster Wildlife (UW) volunteer.
The grasshopper was recorded at a mini bio-blitz of the site in which UW volunteers and the Belfast Hills Partnership surveyed wildlife. The pink colour comes from a genetic mutation known as erythrism.
A UW spokeswoman said: "The pink is a colour variation and is quite unusual."
Earlier this week independent film-maker Dr Luke Blazejewski, a specialist in urban wildlife, photographed a pink grasshopper in Salford.